Posted (Steven) in News, Yorkville CSA

Welcome to season 13 of our CSA project.  Deliveries start on Tuesday, June 9 with members welcome to come pickup between 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  We set up on York Ave outside of the Church of the Epiphany near 74th St.  In case of rain we will be in the vestibule of the church sanctuary located on 74th between York and 1st.  Please bring you own bag if you can.  In fact we’d be very happy to take any clean shopping bags you have lying around and add them to the stash.  Look out for messages posted on Sundays or Mondays with the weekly share selection as well as notes from the farms about the season’s progress.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Posted (Member2Member) in Carnegie Hill CSA, News

Our 13th season starts Tuesday, June 9th.  This is also Museum Mile, when Fifth Avenue closes to traffic at 5 PM.  The Church of the Heavenly Rest is participating in this event, so we are moving just for the June 9th CSA pickup, to their E. 90th Street entrance and the Darlington Hall gym.  This is accessed up a flight of 7 steps, 2 doors east of the Fifth Avenue front of the church.  When you go up the stairs, turn left and we’ll be there.  We will also post direction signs.

CSA Pickup Church of the Heavenly Rest, inside front wooden doors on 5th Ave. at E. 90th St., from 3:30-6:50 PM Tuesdays.  Please adhere to these times; we need to set up and break down the site on schedule.

Bring your own bag to take the veggies home.  If you forget, we have handy canvas bags on hand for $10 (benefits Grass-roots, a local environmental organization) or supermarket plastic bags for $1 (benefits…us! for Core Group funds to run the CSA). 

Can’t pick up some weeks?  Give your share to a friend or neighbor.  When they come, they should go to the members’ table and give your name.  Let them know it’s BYOB!  Volunteers will help them pick up your share. 

Produce left at closing is donated to the Doe Fund, a nonprofit organization that takes in formerly homeless men and women and teaches them job skills and self-sufficiency (www.doe.org)

The site for our CSA is donated by the Church of the Heavenly Rest, to support our local farmers and our community. All church employees get complimentary Half veggie shares—yeah! (www.heavenlyrest.org). 

Sign up to Volunteer! This is a requirement for all members.  The Volunteer Posting has all the info on jobs and timeslots

The Carnegie Hill Core Group

Posted (Steven) in CSA Pastured Meat and Poultry, News

June and our annual NOFA inspection

The NOFA-NY inspector for our organic certification came today to visit, look around, and check up on our activities and record keeping compliance. Dave was from Brattleboro VT and is actually a full time inspector for 3 different certification groups in NY, VT and MA. He says the number of organic farms is growing and so inspectors are in demand to keep up with the once per year visits to each farm to check on their methods of operation. our farm is quite easy to be organic since we are really just certifying our pastures, hayfields and forests. Once we filled out all the forms for each of our fields we realized just how “safe” we are from close proximity to any conventional farming. We are more surrounded by forest than any other ecology which provides a perfect buffer zone from fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides used conventionally. Being at the top of the hill as we are, even all our water from the mountain does not run through any other area but forest. So after an hour of question and answer describing what we do and filling out the inspection forms we took Dave for a driving tour of the farm and the off farm fields that we hay in our neighborhood. Luckily we have the 4 wheel drive Subaru to go cruising around some of the farm lanes and it was a lot less muddy since the 2.5 inches of rain we had last week. But with the size of the farm it takes about 45 minutes to do a decent job of a tour. Then he was off to the Slack Hollow Farm nearby where they grow vegetables and who’ll probably have a lot more questions to answer.

We are proud of the farm network we have created to provide you some of our regions fresh and family grown products. We hope you enjoy then all and we also hope to expand our offering as time goes by and we get better at our coordination with everyone.

Don’t forget, the next order deadline is June 11th at midnight, and delivery is on June 16th. Please remember to place your orders on time as late orders can be a disruption to all of the farms involved

Posted (Steven) in Classifieds, Mt Sinai CSA

I have a full share (veggies+fruit) at the Mt. Sinai CSA that I would like to split with somebody.  If you know of anyone who is looking for a half-share (either veggies only or veggies+fruit), please reply.

Thanks, Matthew Haiken

Posted (Steven) in CSA Pastured Meat and Poultry, News

The CSA Pastured Meat and Poultry group has set up the following delivery schedule for groups with regular Tuesday vegetable pickups.  Orders are due by modnight on the Thursday prior to delivery.  Click through to their website to browse and place orders.

Delivery Dates Through October: